France is a country with rich history, beautiful art and architecture, and of course food. It’s no wonder that people from all over the world want to visit France for vacation or honeymoon. One of the many things you can do in France is stay at one of its many luxury chateaus! We have put together this list of 10 luxurious French chateaus for sale for your perusal.
Château de la Roche-Guyon
The Château de la Roche-Guyon is one of the most famous in all of France. Situated on an island surrounded by a deep moat, this 16th-century castle served as the residence and prison for French kings until Louis XVIII was exiled from it in 1814.
Today, visitors can explore its grand halls with their original furnishings restored to evoke life at court during the reigns of Charles V, Francis I, and Napoleon III (the latter’s brother). The chateau gardens are also worth exploring: they include a maze, fountains, and sculptures placed among avenues lined with majestic oak trees.
Le Palais des Papes
Le Palais des Papes is a medieval palace in Avignon, France. Built on the site of an earlier fortress, it was originally intended as a residence for Pope Clement V and his successors during their trips to southern France but later became home to the popes who chose not to live at Vatican City.
Its name derives from papal ownership or residency; “Palais” means “palace.” The only parts still standing are three towers and two ornate gates. It’s been abandoned since the 14th century because they burned down all the buildings inside so there’s nothing left except these ruins today.
Château du Rivau
The Château du Rivau is a historic chateau in the Loir-et-Cher department of France, located near Blois. It was built during the 19th century by Pierre Chausson and restored at the turn of the 20th century by Viollet le Duc.
The interior includes decorative art from both ancient China and Rome as well as furniture designed after that period. Due to its proximity to Paris, it has been used for shooting various films including “Belle” with Gérard Depardieu.
Château d’Ussé is a French chateau, which ranks as one of the most visited monuments in France. It was built by Philibert de l’Orme for Diane de Poitiers (who later became mistress to Henry II) and completed in 1566.
Ussé has been classified since 1840 as a Monument Historique. The origin of its name is unclear: it may come from Usse or Osiris, an Egyptian god venerated at nearby Chinon; alternatively, there could be even more ancient Celtic roots to the word meaning “water”.
The Fontainebleau Palace is one of the most popular chateaus in France. It was built during the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIII by architect Gilles Le Breton who also designed several other palaces, like Versailles.
The palace has a long history of being occupied by kings and queens, including Napoleon III when he married Empress Eugenie de Montijo (born María Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox-Portocarrero y Kirkpatrick). Today it’s home to an art museum showcasing some of Europe’s best paintings from Leonardo da Vinci as well as sculptures from Rodin and Degas.
The Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is the crowning jewel in France’s royal history, having been built by King Louis XIV after he moved his court to Versailles. The palace was designed as a representation of absolute monarchy; an aspiration that has now faded into antiquity. In 1682, during the reign of Louis’ successor, Louis XV, construction began on what would become known as “the most famous chateau in all France.
Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers
The Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers in the town of Les Trois-Moutiers, France. It is a ruined castle that was built around 1100 as a stronghold for Geoffrey IV, Lord of Rochefort. The chateau has been abandoned since 1793 and it currently stands derelict with its roof completely missing to expose the upper levels which are now home to colonies of bats.
Château de Chenonceau
Built-in 1557, it is the most popular chateau amongst tourists. The Châteaux of Chenonceau stands on a river and has 20 pavilions connected by galleries with overhanging balconies.
It was built for Catherine de’ Medici’s favorite Diane de Poitiers – who had to be buried elsewhere because she was excommunicated from Catholicism. Curiously, there are two bridges at this chateau: one made of stone that crosses the River Cher (where boats can travel) and another wooden bridge that offers visitors views of the gardens below.
Le Manoir de Beauregard
Le Manoir de Beauregard is a French chateau, located in the small town of Marly-le-Roi. It was built for an aristocratic family who wanted to get away from Paris and enjoy time together as a family. The Château has been passed on through generations and now belongs to the Comtesse du Barry d’Audiffret-Pasquier.
Visitors can explore five rooms including the Louis XIII style library before exploring its grounds which include 12 acres of gardens with ponds, lakes, herbaceous borders, rosebeds, and cascades just like Versailles gardens that were designed by André Le Notre.
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
The castle of Haut-Kœnigsbourg is one of the most famous castles in Alsace, France. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and an inscription by French historian Georges Duby describes it as “the crowning achievement” of the German military architect Erwin von Steinbach.
The site was inhabited for more than 13 centuries until 1806 when Louis XIV ordered its dismantlement following his conquest of the region from Austria in 1678 but it now houses around 400 works spanning 15th to 20th-century art including sculptures by Rodin.
The top 10 chateaus in France are a great way to find the perfect lodging for your next vacation. There is something here for every traveler, from those who want luxury and elegance of Versailles or Chantilly to those seeking more quaint accommodations like Amancy Castle.
Whether you’re looking for a full-service resort with spa services and fine dining that will make you feel like royalty, or just someplace where you can get away from it all and relax by yourself on an isolated island surrounded by natural beauty – there’s a place out there waiting just for you.